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Yasujirō Ozu, An Autumn Afternoon, 1962

An Autumn Afternoon

30 May 20141 Jun 2014

The last of legendary writer-director Yasujirō Ozu’s 54 films – and one of the few in colour – is a typically understated but quietly compelling observation of developing relationships.

Played by Ozu regular Chishu Ryu, the widowed Shuhei Hirayama is looked after by his 27-year-old daughter Michiko. Her thoughts of marriage are tempered by her loyalty to her father, who she feels would be lost without her. Her older brother Koichi is already married, and events in Shuhei’s life gradually convince him that he should free Michiko to leave home for a life of her own… but is that what she really wants?  

With its delicate pastel images, unhurried performances and indeed its title, there is a strong whiff of nostalgia in Ozu’s film; perhaps he knew it would be his last.

Recently restored by Shochiku Studios, Japan’s National Film Centre and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

An Autumn Afternoon, dir. Yasujirō Ozu, Japan 1962, 113 mins, cert. PG. Japanese with English subtitles.

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